O.K. Here's what I learned. Bought an EXPENSIVE heavy duty elec. shapener
and it quit too. Called the company and they told me never to sharpen colored
pencils in an electric sharpened bec. the wax in the pencils will foul it up.
Sooo.. I use those Altoid metal boxes with good old fashioned hand sharpeners. I
put several on each table. Then I can empty out the shavings when it gets
As for pencils, I gave up on Cayola long ago. Prangs are better. Then I found
a good ans reasonable pencil other than Prismacolor. The kids love
Ticonderoga colored pencils and the come in their own metal case too.